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European Escapade

From Rome to the Rhine Valley, not a minute of your European Escapade will be wasted. This is 25-days of heart-pounding, non-stop adventure. One minute you'll be you'll be downing champagne & escargot in Paris, the next throwing dice at the Monte Carlo casino.

  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 17/209878
  • Starts: London, United Kingdom
  • Finishes: London, United Kingdom
You will Visit
  • London
  • Paris
  • Beaujolais
  • Barcelona
  • French Riviera
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Vienna
  • Munich
  • Austrian Tyrol
  • Swiss Alps
  • Rhine Valley
  • Amsterdam

Itinerary

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Day 1: London to Paris

Join forces in London & get to know the wolf pack you're about to take on Europe with. We'll hit the road this morning and make tracks for two weeks of adventure.
Shortly before we find our ferry for France, we'll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. They owe their gorgeousness to their composition of chalk - you're learning and we haven't even left the UK!
Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We will travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, before reaching .... Paris!
Pop the champagne, dial up the romance, & pass the escargot - we're in Paris, baby! Don't waste a second unpacking, we're going to hit the streets and see how this city comes alive by night.

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Day 2: Paris

Drool over haute couture you can't afford, admire the Notre Dame Cathedral whilst juggling coffee and crêpes & get artsy at the many museums of the Louvre. Just don't wear yourself out, you will probably want to get involved with dinner and the Nouvelle Eve Champagne show. Smitten and it's only day two!

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Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region via Fontainebleau

Farewell French capital! We're off in search of charming countryside & legit, straight from the source vino.
With its medieval stature and grand surrounding ponds, Château Fontainebleau will take your breath away. We'll amble around the gardens then recommence our scenic journey to Beaujolais.
Tonight's the night we camp out at Contiki’s very own 16th century Château. We say "camp" - LOL. This might be the most royal experience of your life. Wine tasting at the Château’s working winery is just one of the ways we'll kill time while we're here.

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Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region

Another day, another chance to explore the French countryside and lull about poolside in our castle like setting. We'll be topping the day off with a picnic, no less. Cue the panoramic views and red wine.

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Day 5: Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Bye-bye Beaujolais! And hello Barcelona. The Pyrénées mountains will keep our eyes satisfied today as we roll across the border for Spain's most lively city. Each day as sweet as the last.
Well would you look at that for timing, we've pulled into Barcelona just on sangria o'clock. Fate, you've done it again! Tapas and a night exploring the city should have us in the Spanish mood before we know it.

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Day 6: Barcelona

Cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter, Montjuic hilltop vistas, & wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection. There's plenty of free time to roam free or take a dip in the Mediterranean sea, just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun.

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Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera via Arles

As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more...
After a dreamy drive across the border into France through landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs, we'll arrive at our lunch break town of Arles. Here we will get a peek at an ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.
You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera, and who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless glamour as we roll through this glitzy coastline.

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Day 8: French Riviera incl Monaco

Fragonard Perfumery in the French Riviera, now there's a place to check in on Facebook! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France.
Please tell us you didn't throw away all of your pennies on perfume today? Because you're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy. We're visiting the Monte Carlo Casino & the Royal Palace in Monaco.
After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow.

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Day 9: French Riviera to Florence via Pisa

After almost a week in France you'll be full to the brim with all things French and ready for new ground. Italy, perhaps?
No trip around Europe is complete without seeing the world's most famous #AwkwardLean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Once you've got that perfect snap of you holding the thing up like you're Arnold Schwarzenegger, we'll be on the fast-track to Florence.
The dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight, begin your Italian adventure with a night out with your group with dancing a plenty.

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Day 10: Florence

Today is a perfect balance of guided wisdom and free time to roam. We'll uncover the beautiful art of traditional leather & explore streets bursting with heritage. Take to the local markets, down some gelato & make yourself known for the evening of optional festivities.

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Day 11: Florence to Rome

Farewell Florence - today we have the epicenter of Italy on our horizons. Pizza, piazzas...we're coming in hot.
After our drift through the rustic Tuscan hillsides of cypress trees and glowing fields, we'll be back city side in the Italian capital of Rome. The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona are just some of the icons we'll be casting our eyes upon before the sun sets.

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Day 12: Rome

Rome wasn't built in a day but we sure can try and see it all in one day!
When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine.
Snap pink azaleas by the Colosseum, throw coins in fountains and sip espresso in a pretty street watching Italian life float by.

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Day 13: Rome to Venice

We may be hitting the road again, but we're not done with Italy just yet. We have one more city to lust over...
Kudos to the cats of decades gone who constructed this lagoon fairytale. Boats, bridges, gondolas; your heart is going to pound. Start off this evening with an optional walking tour that not only shows you the sights but also finishes with traditional Venetian cicchetti, washed down with an aperitivo.

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Day 14: Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. You have the chance to become truly Venetian with a gondola ride up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

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Day 15: Venice to Vienna

Arrivederci, Venice! You've been splendid. We're back on the road through the Dolomite Mountains en route to Vienna, the home of delicious cakes, Mozart and more.
Armed with excitement of what's up next, we arrive in Vienna ready for coffee, sachertorte, also known as what might be the world's greatest chocolate cake, and a serious cultural fix. For those culture vultures among us, you could end the day with a Mozart and Strauss concert and a night out.

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Day 16: Vienna

A whole day lies ahead to uncover the ethereal Austrian capital. Our Trip Manager will uncover the historical heritage of Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. And once you've seen all that, you'll have a bit of free time to check out art galleries and local coffee houses, maybe even try a slice of the famous Sacher Torte.

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Day 17: Vienna to Munich

Don't give up on your Sound of Music image just yet. We'll leave Vienna this morning in search of lands that prove the setting still exists.
Bavarian culture, a famous Glockenspiel and charm aplenty. Munich doesn't just turn it on during Oktoberfest! Explore peaceful gardens and legendary beer halls or join in the bike tour and explore the side streets you wouldn't usually see, starting out with a city tour and a visit to a beer hall.

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Day 18: Munich to Austrian Tyrol via Dachau

Goodbye Munich, hello mountains. We're hitting the road in search of lands so sweet they made The Sound of Music.
Have a change of mood with a sobering visit to the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Vibes will be lifted a little later when we arrive in Austrian Tyrol.
This part of the world is famous for adventure sports, so best put your name next to the optional White Water Rafting and get in the spirit of things. Next up, Contiki’s very own Austrian Gasthof (guest house) is waiting for us with open arms. Before we swing into action with a themed party, get outside and explore the dreamy setting we've descended upon.

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Day 19: Austrian Tyrol

Wake up, peel open your curtains, and take in the magnificence of your view...and your life in general. If you're feeling lively you can jump onto a bike tour through green mountains and waterfalls. If you're feeling really lively you can go tandem paragliding. Not so lively? Stroll around and take in the incredible setting; drink endless hot chocolate, go up a mountain in a gondola, carry on sighing with happiness.

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Day 20: Austrian Tyrol to Swiss Alps via Liechtenstein and Lucerne

Farewell life in the blissful Austrian Alps, but fear not, the alpine air will fill your lungs later today at our next amazing destination, but not before a few stops to explore even more along the way.
We'll make a well earned pit stop in the capital of the tiny country of the Principality of Liechtenstein - famous for being landlocked by not one but two countries, now there's a fact we bet you never thought you would learn.
Swans float under wooden bridges, snowcapped mountains stand regally behind us, & chocolate tastes like heaven on earth. You're in the Swiss Alps & you cannot wipe the smile off your face. Eeek!!!
Arrive in this picture perfect setting ready for two nights at our very own Swiss Chalet, starting off with a traditional and oh so cheesy fondue and a night in the infamous 'bomb shelter' bar.

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Day 21: Swiss Alps

Open the window of your Swiss chalet & drink in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! If you're feeling audacious, catch a cog rail to Europe’s highest railway station on Jungfrau Mountain, keeping your balance on what's known as the 'Top of Europe'.

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Day 22: Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley via Heidelberg

Out with the altitude, into Germany for a brand new day and a brand new country. Once we've crossed the border out of Switzerland we will be coasting into beer and wine territory in the castle dotted landscapes of the Rhine Valley.
We keep the suspense with a stop off in Heidelberg and its medieval vibes which are matched only by its student vibes before we're back on the road and the alpine air.
After the scenic journey of fairytale castles, vineyards and valleys, you'll be charmed before we even arrive in Germany's famous Rhine Valley. This back-in-time town is our wine tasting host for the evening. Squeal!!!

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Day 23: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam via Edam

This morning we'll drag you all away from Germany kicking and screaming that you want to stay forever. Only to see you equally infatuated with another dot on the European map hours later...
You know the cheese, and now you're going to know the place that pioneered it. We'll cycle into the countryside to see windmills & picturesque Dutch houses on our way to an actual cheese farm & clog maker's house.
Flashing red lights, pretty canals, crooked buildings, cafes bursting with pizza + chocolate + French fries. Amsterdam is all that and way too many bags of chips.

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Day 24: Amsterdam

It's our last full day on tour & our last night to party up a storm with the squad. Use the day to explore quirky museums & sample the endless array of cuisines this city has on offer.

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Day 25: Amsterdam to London

Get your tissues ready, it's time to say goodbye to your new Contiki family. We'll escort you to Schiphol Airport by about 10am.
For those not leaving us until London, we'll travel south through Belgium - cross another country off your list.


This afternoon we cross from France to England and then back to London-town, where you'll be left to start dreaming up your next big adventure.

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • For 24 nights, you'll be treated to some of quirkiest and most elaborate sleeping arrangements in Europe. Spend 2 nights in Contiki's own French Ch�teau, another 2 in our Austrian Gasthof, 2 more in our Swiss Chalet, 6 in our cosy village cabins, 5 in groovy hostels and 7 in hotels!
      Food
    • We'll be gourmandising all over Europe on this trip, sampling moreish local cuisine like fresh swirls of pasta, crunchy schnitzel and lashings of cheese. 24 continental breakfasts will be included, as will 1 picnic lunch and 13 dinners
      Staff
    • You'll be safe in the hands of your professional Trip Manager, who knows the streets of Europe better than you know the hairs on your toes. When it comes to transport, an experienced and legendary driver will be taking the reins; trust us, they're always a hoot
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Tour Highlights:
  • Beaujolais Wine Region: Picnic in the French countryside
  • Barcelona: See Gaudi's Sagrada Família & the 1992 Olympic Games complex,Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
  • French Riviera: Visit a French perfumery,Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur
  • Florence: Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence,See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria,Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Venice: Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice,See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square,See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
  • Vienna: See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House,Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • Austrian Tyrol: See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports